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This split release unites two female underground acts, both of whom have recently become pivotal parts of the contemporary electronic musical landscape in Japan. Hot on the heels of the highly acclaimed “Paredo EP” compilation, the “Super Mild” split album is the second outing by Kopy and Tentenko on TAL. Their newest works punctuate their highly individual approaches to contemporary experimental dance music.

Tentenko is a Tokyo-based electronic music producer. Her career began in 2013 when she joined the mainstream idol group BiS. Immediately after her departure from BiS in 2014 she commenced work on her solo project under her artist name Tentenko. Since then she has radically reinvented her music away from glossy J-POP towards weird and industrial rooted dancefloor. Tentenko first made a name for herself on the alternative Japanese music scene with a steady flow of live performances as well as collaborations with members of the legendary Japanese noise band Hijokaidan.

For a few years now Kopy has been an unpredictable and charismatic part of the vital electronic music scene of Osaka. She has quickly garnered a reputation for creating her live sets exclusively with borrowed electronic equipment. Her name Kopy very much originates from this "concept“. Apart from a few performances at Düsseldorf’s famous nightspot Salon Des Amateurs, she has been invited by Lena Willikens to her showcase at the Meakusma Festival in 2018. Her sinister dancefloor mystique is heavily steeped in the free spirited noise and rhythm cultures of her hometown.


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: In an international meeting of experimental electronic lunacy Japanese artists Kopy and Tentenko take a side each on this split LP for Dusseldorf label TAL. Buzzing electronics, clattering machine rhythms and twisted samples all turned inside out for the open minded dancers.

Since 2000 Mapstation has been the solo moniker for TAL label founder and Kreidler member  Stefan Schneider. There has not been a new Mapstation release since 2009’s The Africa Chamber which had former Fela Kuti member Nicholas Addo-Nettey on percussion. The new album "Present Unmetrics", is not entirely a stand-alone creation either. There are guest appearances by Thomas Klein (Kreidler) on percussion, Michael Acher (The Notwist) on Sousaphone and an outstanding vocal contribution from Japanese singer Haco, all deeply woven into the digital topographics of the music.
"Present Unmetrics" offers a collection of radically subtle music. The guiding principle of the album was to construct direct and nuanced tracks which embody a sense of open-ended incompleteness and heterogenous dynamics.
Out of sync bass arpeggios, infused with uneven rhythms, fractured synth stabs and intimate melodies, frequently created here with a Schlumberg sine wave generator, are continuously engage with experimentation, both on sound and structure.
Expertly pieced-together and produced in timeless fashion, "Present Unmetrics" displays all the coherence and artistic authority of an album on a constant quest so vital to the music of Mapstation. An album that couldn’t have been made by any other than Mapstation.


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Brooding and hypnotic electronix here from Kreidler's Stefan Schneider, who once again utilises his Mapstation moniker to take us on a mindbending trip into his unique musical galaxy.

“Paredo” presents new and exclusive works by three female japanese music producers: Kopy, Tentenko and Miki Yui who are based in Osaka, Tokyo and Düsseldorf respectively and a radical reinterpretation using elements of the featured works by Lena Willikens, the “Paredo Mega Mix”. All four contributions showcase their highly individual approaches to contemporary electronic dance music. “Paredo” is directly informed by multi-directional encounters of four musicians and their close observations of musical production and reception in practice.
In 2017 Lena Willikens and TAL founder Stefan Schneider have both, though independently from one another, been invited to Japan under the auspices of the Goethe Institut. While Schneider researched electronic noise music cultures in Osaka, Lena Willikens and her artist partner Sarah Szczesny developed aspects of audio mix and filmed footage for their collaborative art project Phantom Kino Ballett while in residency at Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto. “While in Kyoto, we often went to Osaka or Tokyo to explore the diversity of the music subcultures there. It was fascinating to witness how Japanese underground cultures adopt influences from abroad and turn them into something original and very much their own. We also saw live performances by Kopy and Tentenko whom we quickly befriended.“
Kopy is a consistent part of the vital electronic music scene from Osaka. Besides a few performances at Düsseldorfs famous Salon Des Amateurs, she has also been invited by Lena Willikens to her showcase at the Meakusma Festival in 2018.
Tentenko begun to enter into the Japanese music scene with a steady flow of experimental cdr productions as well as collaborations with members of the legendary Japanese noise band Hijokaidan.
Miki Yui originally from Tokyo has lived in Düsseldorf for more than two decades now. Besides albums of her solo work for Line (US), or more recently, for Cusp Editions (UK) she also collaborates with Carl Stone in the duo Realistic Monk (on the Meakusma label) and was a member of Klaus Dingers last band Japandorf (Grönland Records).


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Fans of electronic manipulation, superior sound design and alternative mindstates should delight at this compilation EP on TAL, which also includes a floor flaying techno oddity from Lena Wilikens, comprised entirely of elements from the other three tracks.

Konrad Kraft

Arctica

    Pioneering production from the Dusseldorf mid 80s electronic underground world. Transferred for the first ever time from the original cassette to vinyl and CD. Konrad Kraft (Detlef Funder) is one of the still overlooked producers of Dusseldorfs fertile electronic music scene. ARCTICA was originally released on Cassette on Funder's imprint SDV TONTRAGER in 1987 in a handmade edition of about 50 copies only, the prime sources of inspiration were records by Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, Dome or Nocturnal Emissions. 

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd LP Info: Limited to 400 with insert and download card.

    Oswaldo Lares

    Musica De Venezuela 1972-81

      As committed musical lunatics, the Piccadilly staff can't get enough of those total obsessives who made their contribution to recorded sound while holding down a completely unrelated day job. Whether it be the synth funk star who spends his days driving trams, the electro maverick who pulls a wage as a security guard or the taxi driver come Afrobeat legend, we love them all. This particular disc is the pet project of studied architect Oswaldo Lares, who has spent fifty years making field recordings of the traditional and indigenous music of Venezuela. Beautifully pressed and presented with gorgeous inserts, liner notes and a classy sleeve, this document of Venezualan audio culture should please samplers and musicologists alike. 

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Ltd LP Info: Includes 2 full size fold-out inserts, DL code incl. 30 minutes bonus track , ltd. to 300 copies.


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